Reaction to the debt deal from Breads President, David Beckman

August 3, 2011 at 4:49 am Leave a comment

After a long and drawn-out battle, Congress passed a deal today to raise the debt ceiling
and provide for budget deficit reductions of at least $2.1 trillion over 10
years. With your help, Congress narrowly averted defaulting on our country’s
obligations. The consequences for poor and hungry people would have been
especially devastating
.

Bread for the World and its partners put a face on hunger and
poverty
and managed to get members of Congress to focus on the most
vulnerable among us during the debate. Your letters, personal emails, phone
calls, congressional visits, and financial support made a huge
difference
.

You helped change the conversation here in Washington, DC—and it
shows in the final bill:

  • In the initial round of cuts, programs such as
    the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps), the
    Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, and unemployment insurance are
    spared in the initial round of cuts. However, programs funded through the
    discretionary budget such as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for
    Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Head Start, job-training programs, and
    international poverty-focused development assistance are at risk.
  • In the event that overall spending caps are triggered, the first set of
    programs listed above will be protected. The second set of programs is at risk.

Our work isn’t finished. The bill passed today is just the beginning. It
authorizes a bipartisan “super committee” to consider all parts of the
budget—including entitlement, tax reform, and defense spending—and grapple with
more deficit reductions to move our country toward fiscal sustainability.

Much is still at risk, and we will need your help to protect
these important programs during the next stage of this process.
We must ensure that long-term reforms are balanced and spending cuts are fair,
so that the burden of deficit reduction doesn’t fall on the most vulnerable
people. Please read our
analysis of this bill’s major components
.

Thank you for your strong voice for hungry and poor people in the
United States and around the world
.

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